Mrs. Leathy West: Analysis of a Death Certificate

Lankford West genealogy

I received the death certificate for my 2nd great-grandmother, Leaty Caroline (Lankford) West several months ago, but have just gotten around to analyzing it.  As far as death certificates go, this one does not offer a great deal of new information, but it does confirm a lot of pieces of data and provides a primary […]

FGS 2010 – Day 4


Yesterday was the last day of the Federation of Genealogical Societies 2010 conference.  I threw my planned schedule out the window and started over. The first class I attended was “Digitizing the Records in the Granite Mountain.”  This was very interesting.  I’ve always been impressed by the work done by the Church of Jesus Christ […]

On this date. . .the 22nd of August

Births Franklin Marvin Butler was born in 1904 in Georgia. Deaths Mary (Whitener) Miller died in 1861 in Catawba County, North Carolina. Rebecca (McEntire) Hemphill died in 1864 in Burke County, North Carolina. Sarah Emmaline (Searcy) Whitener died in 1905. Updated August 20, 2011.

On this date. . .the 21st of August


Births William Garrett was born in 1643 in Leicestershire, England (currently believed to be my 7th great-grandfather). Deaths Samuel D. P. Hemphill died in 1864. Millie Elmina (Searcy) Miller died in 1893 in Ellijay, Georgia. Marriages James Brookshire and Elizabeth Tilley were married in 1827 in Wilkes County, North Carolina (my 4th great-grandparents). John Childers […]

FGS 2010 – Day 3

My first class today was “Essential Skills for Transcribing and Abstracting.”  This was an very good class.  I learned a number of new skills and guidelines.  (By the way, I’ll be posting more complete descriptions of each class I attended – unless the presenter requested no blogging – in the coming weeks). My next class […]

On this date. . .the 20th of August

Births Agnes (Kattermann) Dellinger was born in 1634 (currently believed to be my 9th great-grandmother). Catherina Margaretha Dellinger was born in 1733. Sarah Jane (unknown) Tucker was born in 1846. Deaths Naomi (Beamer) Roberts died in 1831. William Smith Powell died in 1918 in Atlanta, Georgia. Cordeale Josephine (Kendrick) Caylor died in 1928 in Cisco, […]

FGS 2010 – Day 2

My day started with a walk across to Starbucks before heading into the Keynote Session for the Federation of Genealogical Societies 2010 Conference. The Keynote began with a presentation of the colors.  This was one of my favorite parts.  The flags were brought in by a color guard in colonial dress, complete with tricorn hats.  […]

Rachel Johnson Ward Timeline

Johnson Ward genealogy

I’m rounding out the great-grandmother portion of my Women’s Timeline Series with Rachel Louisa Johnson. 1892 – Rachel Louisa was born on August 9, the 7th (and next-to-last) child of Reuben Johnson and Martha Garrett.  She was probably born in Fannin County, Georgia; her parents appeared on the census there beginning in 1880. 1909 – On […]